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“Nebraska Nursing Homes in Crisis”

Did you know…in any given month, a nursing home loses on average about $1000 per month per resident that is on Medicaid. Over 60% of Nebraska nursing home residents are on Medicaid. This was the focus of Senator Deb Fischer’s visit recently at the Callaway Good Life Center! We thank Senator Fischer for her generous gift of her time to be with us, hear us and advise us on moving forward during this Nebraska Nursing Home Crisis!

Vicky Hendricks, Administrator, Ron Ross, President of Rural Health Development, Senator Deb Fischer

A special thank you to Carla Kimball for all your help and organization in making today possible!

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Congratulations to our August Employee of the Month, Jodie Wewel!

Jodie began her career here in November of 2017.  She began as a Certified Nurse Assistant and moved on to Med Aide.  Prior to working with the Callaway Good Life Center she worked for 4 years in other care home facilities.

Jodie’s interests include caring for her kids, listening to music, and watching movies.  She also enjoys caring for other people.  Recently she furthered her education to include Emergency Medical Technician.  She says, “I am looking forward to becoming an EMT in Callaway.”  Congratulations Jodie!  We are very proud of your dedication to our facility and to our community!

Jodie was nominated and they had this to say about her, “Jodie cares deeply about our residents as is seen in her dedication to her job.  She ensures that meds are passed on time and correctly. Her quiet demeanor is soothing for all who know her.  I appreciate all you do!”

When asked why she likes doing what she does, Jodie replied, “I like the connection with the residents and the friendships made between co-workers.”

Jodie, we are glad you connected with us and we treasure all you do!  Congratulations!

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Thank you to the Callaway District Hospital for including us in your Callaway Community Health Fair yesterday! The winners of the CGLC mug candy bouquet drawings were Karlene Ostergard, Em Jorgenson, Mike Wendorff, and Stephanie Paulsen. Congrats!!

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Choose Callaway Good Life Center while shopping on Amazon and they will make a donation to our facility! Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization, like the Callaway Good Life Center AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Support Callaway Good Life Center by starting your shopping at

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Thank you to Senator Matt Williams and Ron Ross for enlightening and educating us more about the effects that Nebraska Medicaid Reimbursement has on our Nursing Facility and what can and needs to be done! Thank you to those who attended, asked questions, told your stories and cared enough to be involved! It was said today that those facilities who have community members who are engaged have a greater chance to survive this Nebraska Nursing Home Crisis! Please get involved!

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Congratulations to our July Employee of the Month, Darci Barnes.

Darci is a Certified Nurse Aide at the Callaway Good Life Center.  She has worked here for 18 years.  She began her career when our facility was the Good Samaritan Center and stayed with us when we transitioned to the Good Life Center.  She began her career in Housekeeping and then Laundry and finally became a C N A.

Darci’s interests include whatever her kids are doing!  Currently it’s 4-H projects, gardening, cooking and sewing.  Darci’s oldest daughter is a Senior at UNK in Kearney, Anna and Ivy are both 7th graders in Arnold. Her parents are Barb and Don Mills.

Her co-workers nominated her and had this to say, “Darci brought a little kids swimming pool in on the weekend.  She sat up the pool with water and a fishing game so the residents could “go fishing”.  Darci’s girls were also here to find sticks and make fishing poles for the residents.  What a fantastic example of going above and beyond to provide entertainment for the residents! Thank you Darci, Anna and Ivy!”

We asked Darci why she loves her job and she explained, “I get to work with some of the greatest people on earth!  The residents are so special to me and I learn a lot from them.  And recently I am able to take care of my Grandfather.  I am grateful for the extra time I get to spend with him.”

We are grateful that you have been here to quietly perform your job and make the lives of all of us better by your dedication and devotion.  Thanks for all you do.

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Congratulations to our June Employee of the month, Nancy Fox!

Nancy is an LPN at the Callaway Good Life Center.  She has 28 years of experience and has worked at the CGLC for the past five years,. Nancy has been our reliable LPN on nights and she has just recently started working days. She has moved very easily into that position.

Nancy is a crafter and especially loves to knit and crochet.  She also enjoys camping and fishing.

Nancy’s co-workers nominated her and had this to say, “Nancy found out a resident likes to embroider.  She gathered supplies to give to the resident so they could embroider.  Nancy also gave a Saturday to take a resident to a church conference.  Nancy makes sure assessments are done and she also takes an active role in getting meds ordered and paper filed.  Thank you for all you do Nancy, you are appreciated!”

We asked Nancy why she enjoys her job and she replied, “I enjoy the residents and the closeness of Callaway instead of driving to North Platte or Broken Bow.”

We are glad you are here at the Good Life Center, Nancy.  You are an asset to our team!

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Nebraska Nursing Home Crisis

Please join Senator Matt Williams and Ron Ross, President of Rural Health Development (Managing Company for Callaway Good Life Center) on July 22 at 2:00 pm at the Callaway Community Center as we discuss the effects that Nebraska Medicaid Reimbursement has on our communities and the Callaway Good Life Center. Sponsored by the Callaway Good Life Center and Callaway Economic Development Committee

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